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Ayres helps Red Wolves sweep St. Francis

Shelbyville graduate Bri Ayres captured singles and doubles wins for Indiana University East Sunday in a 9-0 victory over Saint Francis (Ind.).

By JEFF BROWN

jbrown@shelbynews.com

The Indiana University East women’s tennis team swept the University of Saint Francis (Ind.) on Sunday, 9-0, to improve to 12-8.

Bri Ayres, a Shelbyville graduate, defeated Gabby Bubby at No. 4 singles, 6-1, 6-0. And she teamed with Brooklyn Hubbard to post an 8-0 victory over Sarah Liter and Bubby at No. 2 doubles.

On Saturday, the Red Wolves defeated Brescia University in Richmond, Indiana, 8-1.

Ayres won at No. 5 singles over Danielle Mattis, 6-1, 6-1. And her doubles pairing with Hubbard was successful, 8-1, over Mazvita Ngorosha and Elizabeth Ratlif.

IU East heads to Ohio Christian University today for a midweek River States Conference match.

Here’s a look at other Shelby County graduates competing at the collegiate level:

DePauw Invitational

Southwestern graduate Hayden Veach finished runner-up in the 800 meters Saturday for Hanover College’s men’s track and field team at the DePauw University Outdoor Invitational in Greencastle, Ind. His time of 1:56.57 was a new personal record and second fastest all-time at Hanover.

Wabash sprinter Brady Gossett, a Triton Central graduate, placed ninth in the 100 meters (11.66), seventh in the 200 (22.56), and helped the Little Giants win the 400 relay in 42.21.

Robbie Gossett, also a Triton Central graduating representing Wabash, finished 29th in the discus (92 feet, nine inches) and 27th in the hammer throw (103-1).

Mason Durrett, another Triton Central graduate, placed 10th for Wabash in the javelin (133-7).

Grizzly Invitational

Sarah Miller, a Triton Central graduate, won the 200 meters (28.39) Saturday for Franklin College at its own invitational held at Grizzly Park in Franklin, Ind. Miller also finished second in the 100 (13.2) and javelin (104-10).

Kiersten Lux, a Waldron graduate, placed fourth in the shot put (32-2.25) for Mount St. Joseph, third in the discus (114-0), second in the hammer throw (128-11) and fourth in the javelin (75-1).

Dillon Hankins, a Morristown graduate competing for Franklin College, finished seventh in the 100 (12.2), third in the long jump (18-5), and was part of the fourth-place finishing 1,600 relay team (3:44.49).

Chandler Martin and Steffen Shackelford

Martin, a Shelbyville graduate, finished eighth in the high jump (1.85 meters) for the University of Indianapolis Friday at the Oliver Nikoloff Open at the University of Cincinnati’s Gettler Stadium. Shackelford, a Southwestern graduate, tied for 10th in the high jump (1.80 meters) for Indianapolis.

Alexa Schofner

The Franklin College women’s tennis team swept Manchester, 9-0, Sunday at the Indy Racquet Club East in Indianapolis.

Schofner, a Southwestern graduate, defeated Manchester’s Morgan Brazzo, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. And at No. 2 doubles, Schofner teamed with Holyn Eldridge to best Kaitlyn Burger and Maddie Russow, 8-0.

Natalie Weber

The Franklin College softball team dropped a pair of games Saturday at Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference-leading Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Lions won game one, 7-4, and game two, 1-0.

In the opener, Weber, a Shelbyville graduate, went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in. Weber went 0-for-3 with a walk in the nightcap.

On April 3, Franklin split a doubleheader at Hanover, losing game one, 7-1, but rallying for a 14-3 game two win. Weber went 1-for-4 in the loss. She had a double, drove in two runs and scored twice in the win.

Jordan Crouse

The Franklin College baseball team rallied for a pair of wins on April 2 at Hanover College. Crouse, a Triton Central graduate, smacked go-ahead two-run home runs in each game for Franklin.

The Grizzlies won game one, 10-9. Crouse went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. In a 9-5 game two win, Crouse went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

On Saturday, Franklin split a doubleheader at home against Bluffton University.

The Grizzlies smashed out 18 hits in a 19-7 game one victory. Crouse went 2-for-5 with two runs scored. He went 0-for-4 in a 3-2 loss in game two.

George Glass Invitational

Southwestern graduate Justin Meredith finished fifth in the triple jump (41-10.75) and sixth in the javelin (140-4) Saturday for Manchester University at the George Glass Invitational hosted by Taylor University in Upland, Ind.

Coughlin, a Triton Central graduate competing for Manchester, finished 12th in the 100 (11.3), 11th in the 200 (22.46) and teamed with Travis Murr, Zarcariaous Presha and Harrison Hollis to finish second in the 400 relay (43.31).

Waldron graduate Kaden Branam placed fifth in the high jump for Indiana Tech with a best clearance of 6-4.25.

Abey Bass

With a pair of wins Saturday over Allegheny, Depauw University’s softball team improved to 13-9 overall and 4-0 in North Coast Athletic Conference games.

Bass, a Shelbyville graduate, was 1-for-4 for DePauw in a 12-4 win in game one. The Tigers won game two, 6-0.

On April 3, DePauw opened conference action with a sweep of Ohio Wesleyan, 10-1 and 7-1. 

One day earlier, the Tigers split a doubleheader with No. 7 Illinois Wesleyan. DePauw lost game one, 13-5. Bass was 0-for-2 with two walks. In the nightcap, DePauw won 4-1. Bass was 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Kay Brokering

King University’s softball team split a doubleheader Saturday with Catawba College in Bristol, Tennessee. 

In King’s 10-1 loss to Catawba, Kay Brokering, a Shelbyville graduate, was 1-for-3. In a 7-1 win, Brokering was 0-for-1 with two walks and two runs scored.

On Friday, King swept Belmont Abbey, 5-0 and 6-2. In game one, Brokering was 3-for-4 with a two-run home run and two runs batted in. 

On April 3, King collected two wins from Lee University, 6-4 and 7-1. Brokering was 2-for-7 in the doubleheader with two runs batted in.

Logan Young

Indiana University South Bend’s baseball team rallied from a 3-1 deficit Sunday to defeat Roosevelt University, 9-5, and avoid a three-game sweep. Young, a Shelbyville graduate, pitched two innings in relief and had three strikeouts to close out the win.

Roosevelt won game two of the series Saturday, 15-13 in 11 innings. Young, playing third base for the Titans, was 3-for-6 in the loss. In the opener, Roosevelt scored four times in the top of the first and prevailed 9-3. Young was 1-for-2 with a run scored. 

On Thursday, IU South Bend lost 11-1 to Indiana Institute of Technology. Young went 2-for-4 in the loss.

Hannah File

No. 20 James Madison softball completed the Colonial Athletic Conference series sweep over Hofstra Sunday with a 10-5 win over the Pride in Hempstead, New York. 

File, a Shelbyville graduate, batted leadoff for the Dukes (27-6) and went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Her lone hit was a solo home run in the sixth inning.

On Saturday, James Madison prevailed 9-4 and 16-2. File was 1-for-4 with four walks and two runs scored in the doubleheader.